Does the GOP want to cut spending or not?


Here’s something interesting the staff at the Club for Growth caught last night. The Republicans were debating the Energy and Water Appropriations bill, and various amendments were offered. We noticed that an astounding 95 Republicans voted against an amendment by Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) for a 0.27%(!) cut to the bill and we criticized them for doing so. A 0.27% cut would have kept spending for the next Fiscal Year at the same level as this year. If you can’t cut one penny out of four dollars of spending…well…let’s just say that fiscal conservatives have a lot of work to do if we want to have a Republican Party that truly believes in shrinking government.

But here’s where things get interesting. Only two votes beforehand, there was another amendment offered by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) to cut 1% from the bill. This amendment was also defeated but, bizarrely, got only 84 Republican no votes. We crunched the numbers, and found that there were 18 Republicans who voted YES to cutting 1% and NO to cutting 0.27%.

YES on cutting 1%, NO on cutting 0.27%

Adams (R-FL)
Burton (R-IN)
Denham (R-CA)
Fitzpatrick (R-PA)
Forbes (R-VA)
Hall, R. (R-TX)
Hultgren (R-IL)
Johnson, Timothy (R-IL)
Lankford (R-OK)
Mica (R-FL)
Nugent (R-FL)
Nunnelee (R-MS)
Reed, T. (R-NY)
Rigell (R-VA)
Rogers, Mike (R-MI)
Shuster (R-PA)
Thornberry (R-TX)
Tipton (R-CO)

Please, if any of these 18 Republicans are your Members of Congress, give them a call at (202) 224-3121 and ask them why they voted against a 0.27% spending cut when they had already voted for a 1% spending cut. Let me know what you find out in the comments.

Chris Chocola
President – Club for Growth

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